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  1. Comment on New DDoS vector observed in the wild leveraging WS-Discovery for amplification, attacks hitting 35 Gbps in ~comp

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    Can l get a layman's translation of this? 35 Gb/s sounds bad but l have no idea what the rest of the article means.

    Can l get a layman's translation of this? 35 Gb/s sounds bad but l have no idea what the rest of the article means.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

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    Jan Jansen/de Vries/Smit probably.

    Jan Jansen/de Vries/Smit probably.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Got a new PC with a code for Control, so I tried that. Gave up after a while since there's no difficulty setting and I consider myself a casual gamer- play for story and visuals, but not having to...

    Got a new PC with a code for Control, so I tried that.
    Gave up after a while since there's no difficulty setting and I consider myself a casual gamer- play for story and visuals, but not having to grind a level over and over again because I keep dying.

    That, together with the relatively long loading times(10 seconds is long if you die about once every minute) made me quit. It looks cool, I'd love to love it but I just can't play it.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on The FGC9 is a 3D Printed firearm that is built from unregulated components and costs 100$ to make in ~hobbies

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    Hobbies? Seems the goal of this is to make guns available to those who cannot legally get them otherwise. Unless bank robbery counts as a fun sunday afternoon pastime.

    Hobbies? Seems the goal of this is to make guns available to those who cannot legally get them otherwise. Unless bank robbery counts as a fun sunday afternoon pastime.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on [PDF] Analysis of PC game sales on Steam in 2019, by Mike Rose (founder of publisher No More Robots) in ~games

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    It might be that my perspectives have changed over the years but, l have noticed there's a lot less fun games coming out lately, or at least not stuff l like such as games like Bioshock or Portal...

    It might be that my perspectives have changed over the years but, l have noticed there's a lot less fun games coming out lately, or at least not stuff l like such as games like Bioshock or Portal or Dishonored or the lot. I've mostly played older games a lot over the past few years.
    l guess devs target other crowds nowadays.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Reddit launches /r/Layer, a "community canvas" sponsored by Adobe in ~tech

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    Classic case of "we can ignore basic functionality if we throw enough 'exciting' features at the public and sweep any problems under the rug" of development. Something l usually only see in games....

    Classic case of "we can ignore basic functionality if we throw enough 'exciting' features at the public and sweep any problems under the rug" of development. Something l usually only see in games. (space engineers, l'm looking at you)

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Taskwarrior, where have you been all my life? in ~life

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    If you don't have some form of disability where that isn't an issue yes. There are plenty of people including me that have a really hard time remembering all that and personally having something...

    It's not hard to get into a mental routine of checking a list, or just remembering to do the things you need to do on specific days of the week

    but for things like taking out your trash, or doing your laundry? Those are things that you should be able to remember to do every week as an adult. It might just take some concentration and effort to actively go over your responsibilities each week.

    If you don't have some form of disability where that isn't an issue yes. There are plenty of people including me that have a really hard time remembering all that and personally having something telling me what to do every day would be nice because it means l can spend energy trying to remember more important things.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What personal goals are you working towards? in ~life

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    I used to have many goals, usually "learn x", "make y", "do z". What happens is that l focused one thing for a month, found something 10% more interesting and started doing that while dropping the...

    I used to have many goals, usually "learn x", "make y", "do z".

    What happens is that l focused one thing for a month, found something 10% more interesting and started doing that while dropping the former.

    Result is that none of the things l want to do get done and l'm forever cycling between the things l want to do. Not because l get bored but because there's always something more interesting, curse of the ADHD l suppose.

    So my goal is on one level of meta: Be able to work on one thing at once and finish it before moving on to the next.

    I've already made some progress: l own Skyrim since release, played it a lot but never actually finished it, so l spent the past two months playing from start to finish. Completed storyline + DLC main quests and that was nice.

    Current goal is to finish Factorio; launch a rocket and automate everything on a larger scale than l usually make.

    I'm using games to train this in my free time but l hope it translates to more serious things too, like drawing or 3D art or studying a language.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    The first PC time I built my PC was early 2009, with an i7-920 (first i7 model) and some graphics card that was medium-high end at the time. Built it around a huge Thermaltake Tower case, that...

    The first PC time I built my PC was early 2009, with an i7-920 (first i7 model) and some graphics card that was medium-high end at the time. Built it around a huge Thermaltake Tower case, that thing was 80x80x30 cm or 31x31x12", lots of room for activities. Still have it lying around but I won't use it as it's super unwieldy and doesn't have good usb ports/ssd bays, so I'm getting a new case as well. I started around 8GB RAM and, over the years, upgraded with new RAM(up to 24 total) and a new graphics card once in a while.

    That PC lasted me 10 years until early this year when the motherboard started acting up and generally ended up being pretty slow. Still, I could play GTA V on medium-high settings no problem.

    I'm trying to do the same with this build; build a decent PC and have it last a long time. Thanks for the idea of making a pc out of old spare parts; I'm sure there's people around that can't afford a decent PC, so I might sell it for cheap / give it away for free if I can find someone who needs something.

    I've also got a collection of monitors I've collected over the years, currently using only one of them (LG IPS with red/green color streaks and brightness issues) until the new parts arrive. I suppose I could still sell the other good screens for cheap.

    And, piles upon piles of hard drives..

    edit: new build's specs:
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 3700X
    GPU: MSI RTX 2080
    RAM: 32GB DDR4 (2 slots, 2 slots open for now, may upgrade to 64 if that's needed)
    Storage: 1TB SSD + 4TB HDD (Raid1, so 2x 4TB for a total of 4TB of space)
    Monitor: LG 27" 27UK650-W IPS 4k screen
    Some fancy case with lots of room for things to go(I like big cases)
    Way too much RGD for my liking (turning that all off ASAP)

    Use case: Rendering, 3D visual work, digital art, playing games. Lots of RAM is nice because modded minecraft draws a ton of memory lol

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Just bought new PC parts for a desktop. Haven't had one in a few years since the old one broke, which lasted me about a decade with a new GPU once in a while. It's definitely not the cheapest but...

    Just bought new PC parts for a desktop. Haven't had one in a few years since the old one broke, which lasted me about a decade with a new GPU once in a while.

    It's definitely not the cheapest but I like having something that lasts me a long time.
    Not entirely "weekend" but the parts will arrive next week, really looking forward to that(can I skip two days ahead?)

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Factorio! Started a vanilla game with biters off in a huge starting area so they'll only show up lategame, since managing defenses proved to take 90% of my playtime in the past. It's nice to take...

    Factorio! Started a vanilla game with biters off in a huge starting area so they'll only show up lategame, since managing defenses proved to take 90% of my playtime in the past. It's nice to take it slow and not have to worry about 3654 things at once.

    I'm also working on modding the game; l've made a few 3D models years ago and l really want to actually publish something now. l asked a modder if his mod needed graphics and he agreed, so l'm working on that.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've been on a game soundtrack binge lately- specifically, just Simcity 4's soundtrack. It's my all-time favorite game, played it since launch(2003) and still play it on and off regularly. It's...

    I've been on a game soundtrack binge lately- specifically, just Simcity 4's soundtrack. It's my all-time favorite game, played it since launch(2003) and still play it on and off regularly.

    It's soundtrack is fantastic for micromanaging games like itself or Factorio, or doing focused work. It always has this mood of "things are going good, city/factory is steadily growing, progress is being made".

    Some of my favorites:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6l1CsqZtnk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSv37HwwojU&t=6372s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSv37HwwojU&t=713s (rest of the soundtrack is in that video, skip around if you like)

    4 votes
  13. Comment on ‘I have $1500 that I’m giving away’: Man becomes legend for extreme acts of kindness toward strangers in ~life

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    I personally believe that if I can miss something(time, money, resources) I try to help people. Give a bit of money to those in need, I don't really want it back unless they insist. In the past...

    I personally believe that if I can miss something(time, money, resources) I try to help people. Give a bit of money to those in need, I don't really want it back unless they insist. In the past I've donated to random people on Twitter, Reddit and of course friends. I also have a few artist friends where I regularly buy prints/paintings full-price (even if they offer discounts) just because they're 1. fantastic and 2. deserve it!
    (support artists and make sure to tip properly / mention it when they underprice their work!)
    Another example is helping friends study so they can finish courses at the cost of not having time to study myself, almost failing the class. But, I have decent grades and can handle one bad grade, so that wasn't a problem.

    Or, helping people on the side of the road(jumpstarting etc) even if that means I'm a little late for work(they'll understand). It just takes a bit of my time, got plenty of that anyway and it makes someone's day, so why not help?
    You can probably even help with much smaller/simpler things, like helping someone who's vertically challenged grab products from the highest shelves in the supermarket, holding the door open for someone, offering car rides to friends, etc.

    I'm always careful if I'm not being taken advantage of, but so far that hasn't really happened.
    Something to note is that you probably should never give others a much higher priority than yourself; if you can't risk or miss it, don't. But remember to do it next time, when you can!

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap in ~games

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    They don't have the budget to do AAA graphics because people don't buy the game because of the horrible graphics. Seems like a bit of investment might help here. If they want to carry on like...

    They don't have the budget to do AAA graphics because people don't buy the game because of the horrible graphics.

    Seems like a bit of investment might help here. If they want to carry on like this, their loss.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are you coding today? in ~comp

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    Working on getting my new website up and running. I'm a web noob and used to have a CentOS server running but the host(a friend) is hard to contact so l opted for my own server on some hosting...

    Working on getting my new website up
    and running. I'm a web noob and used to have a CentOS server running but the host(a friend) is hard to contact so l opted for my own server on some hosting platform. It's €5/mo, low specs and perfect for tinkering with website and linux stuff to get a feel for how it works.

    l'm also thinking of making some Factorio mods; a while ago l made 3D models and graphics for a windmill mod but never got around to coding it (usually it's the other way around lol), so might give that a shot.
    (for the record, here's some old pics of that model https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrburd/albums/72157666501895480)

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What are you coding today? in ~comp

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    Do all the things and get stuck on something that's probably obscure and non-vital for functioning? l'd say that's okay and you know how to tackle it the next time it occurs once fixed.

    midlife obsolescence

    I got the entire feature enhancement finished on my own except this one little thing. Fuck, I hate this.

    Do all the things and get stuck on something that's probably obscure and non-vital for functioning? l'd say that's okay and you know how to tackle it the next time it occurs once fixed.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on For those getting ready to go back to school: how do you feel about it? in ~life

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    l've had a summer job at a company l might later intern at, and it's so much fun l just don't want to go back to uni life. It's a startup that works with an incredibly promising biopolymer based...

    l've had a summer job at a company l might later intern at, and it's so much fun l just don't want to go back to uni life. It's a startup that works with an incredibly promising biopolymer based on simple starting materials and processes, which is:

    • biodegradable
    • non-toxic
    • sticks to pretty much just everything, strongly
    • incredibly strong
    • made from readily available renewable chemicals

    l really want to continue working on this since it's just a cool job where you get to do everything from chemistry to mechanical engineering.

    It's my secondary higher education, will be 26 by the time l finish and am really done with it. l'd like to start working and have some consistency to my schedule and no exams l need to study (and forget) for.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on Kerbal Space Program 2 Cinematic Announce Trailer in ~games

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    If keyboard flying is too finicky, place RCS/reaction wheels closer to center of mass or remove some altogether. You can also press caps lock to have movement keys have a little spool up time so...

    If keyboard flying is too finicky, place RCS/reaction wheels closer to center of mass or remove some altogether.

    You can also press caps lock to have movement keys have a little spool up time so small movements are less intense.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Does anybody here use a wake up light? in ~health

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    I used to have one but it broke. Should get another since it really helps with waking up during winter. Summer, not so much since l have translucent blinds on north-facing windows so it doesn't...

    I used to have one but it broke. Should get another since it really helps with waking up during winter.
    Summer, not so much since l have translucent blinds on north-facing windows so it doesn't ever get dark anyway.

    edit: "get" as in "build", it's not hard.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Opeth - Dignity in ~music

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    l'd say l'm well-versed in prog rock/metal and am used to wacky rhythms/riffs but for some reason this one is just too weird. It's hard to follow and doesn't stick at all. The solo feels like...

    l'd say l'm well-versed in prog rock/metal and am used to wacky rhythms/riffs but for some reason this one is just too weird. It's hard to follow and doesn't stick at all. The solo feels like guitar noodling with no real chord scheme to stick to.

    Maybe it has to grow, but l hope the rest of the album is better at least.

    1 vote